Hi, On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 7:24 PM, Ray Davison <ray...@charter.net> wrote: > Ray Davison wrote: >> Is it possible to load an exe file system driver in dconfig.sys? >> >> I have a DOS HPFS driver that works OK, but I would like it to get a >> drive letter before the DVDs. >> >> What is available for reading NTFS used in WXP, W7? > > Let me explain the actual task. I have FreeDOS and two each Win and > OS/2. Two each because they both change and I don't get rid of one OS > or app until I believe the new is ready to replace the old. I also > maintain two copies of the GUI OSs for redundancy and maintenance.
Which DOS apps are you trying to run? Or what are you trying to run in DOS? > So the first HDD has five boot partitions. The first two partitions on > the second HDD are apps and data. I have apps with data that I share > between OS/2 and Win, and DOS apps with data that I run under all three > OSs. Run objects point to apps and apps point to data. I assume most of your raw data is platform agnostic. But perhaps it relies on specific programs? Are they really encoding the installed drive letter in binary data and not .ini / .cfg files? Presumably most apps aren't that short-sighted. But in such a case, it may just require separate installation, once on each drive. > That means all OSs must at least see the same drive letters for the app > and data partitions. Win lets me play with drive letters and I do. > OS/2 has the option, but for me there is a trade off and I don't use the > option, but don't really need it. I do have OS/2 and Win with NTFS and > HPFS drivers to see each other. > > That leaves DOS. It is not so much that I need DOS to work with NTFS or > HPFS, I just need to get drive letters assigned prior to the apps and > data partitions. Check the help for Append, Assign, Subst, etc. But you seem savvy enough to already be aware of things like that. http://help.fdos.org/en/index.htm Outside of that, I don't know what to tell you. BTTR Software's DrvExch was only vetted for MS and DR (due to non-portable assumptions), so it probably doesn't work with FreeDOS. I wouldn't recommend that (or any such alpha-quality foreign file system drivers) without having proper backups first. http://www.bttr-software.de/products/drvexch/ > As for the DVDs. In OS/2 and Win I have them as X&Y. If there is a way > to get FreeDOS to assign the same letters I would appreciate a cookbook. Presumably you need LASTDRIVE=Y (in CONFIG.SYS) and an appropriate switch from SHSUCDX. http://help.fdos.org/en/hhstndrd/base/shsucdx.htm > I have a NTFS4DOS.EXE dated 8June2004 size 93.819 but have not had time > to try it. It just isn't well supported. The few developers who have the ability probably don't have the time nor interest. I know it's dumb and not a universal solution, but if you want xyz file system, just use xyz OS. Sadly, there just isn't a lot of cross-OS pollination with developers, only minimal efforts. A lot of that is exclusivity to attract customers, but some of it is also patents and being undocumented (for security?). It's a messy world. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Is your legacy SCM system holding you back? Join Perforce May 7 to find out: • 3 signs your SCM is hindering your productivity • Requirements for releasing software faster • Expert tips and advice for migrating your SCM now http://p.sf.net/sfu/perforce _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user